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Welcome to Drunk Shopping, our feature celebrating the time-honored tradition of getting totally wasted while the sun's still shining before buying a bunch of debatably useful stuff that the sober you would be too timid or too restrained to take home. Each Friday we'll cobble together a new itinerary starting you off with a boozy Saturday or Sunday brunch before meandering through a few neighboring retailers and happy hours notable for seasonal specials, limited time availability, fantastic deals, recent openings, or new shipments.
Congratulations Carly B.—you're one of three Drunk Shopping contest winners! Carly will be taking home a sweet Pierre Hardy-designed Sequoia bag; but more importantly, she has the unparalleled honor of dictating this weekend's Drunk Shopping expedition—a high/low jaunt through Nolita.
Who says you can't have Mexican food for breakfast? Start your Saturday off right with a street-food style brunch at the new quirky Fonda Nolita. Don't bother looking for your typical storefront and signage. Instead, head for three vintage Volkswagen buses parked in a garage. Order the barbacoa norteña ala sancez (translation—short rib beef tacos topped with the chef's signature sauce) and watch it down with a horchata, a traditional Mexican rice drink. The best part about the meal? You will only be out between $10 and $15 dollars.
Once thoroughly glutted, cross the street and peruse the international clothing and kitschy toys offered in our friend Erica Kiang's Babel Fair boutique. Check out the adorable panda bear tea top set and Gestuz's black coat cum vest. Still need a Christmas gift for your hipster boyfriend? Kiang just started carrying men's clothes and accessories. We have our eye on some gold owl cuff links ?
To liven up your apartment head next door to Haus Interior. This store is full of casually elegant odds and ends from hour glass jars to rope knot doorstops. If we had enough wall space, we would snatch up the deer antlers cast in silver.
For affordable frocks wander over to Project 234. This little boutique is fully stocked with designer Yumi Kim's covetable (and always flattering) silk dresses. Lucky for you Kim's brand is usually deeply discounted. The shop also carries fun shoes by Jeffrey Campbell and Sam Edelman.
Moving on to Mott Street, check out the boutique clothing store Poppy. They have a great selection of dresses by brands like Myne, plus booties by Loeffler Randall and jeans by Genetic Denim. Be sure to take a look at their whimsical jewelry case.
For the last stop, we recommend neighborhood favorite Fresh known for their sugar-infused scents, lotions and skincare. Our personal favorite is the Sugar Lychee perfume. One sniff and we swear you will be a convert. Also try the store's Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment—it may be more expensive than your strawberry ChapStick but it beats the competition hands down. Consider it a godsend for your chapped lips in what has got to the the coldest December yet.
Now that you have burned off a few calories walking its time to drink! Warm up to Botanica's gas fire and find your own mustachioed, flannel wearing guy to flirt with. This quintessential hipster bar offers $3.50 pints and $3.00 well drinks from 5pm to 8pm. Service from Botanica's attractive bartenders is gratis!
Nicely done, Carly—but no brunch drinks? People, just pack a little something. And I don't think anyone has ever said you can't have Mexican for breakfast!
Enjoy! And please do share your Drunk Shopping tips, tales, and war stories in the comments!
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